Dear Friends of CHLP,
During this COVID-19 experience, we hope you and your families are healthy, safe, and spending time outdoors. We at Cherry Hills Land Preserve find ourselves deeply appreciative of family and friends, and even more grateful for the beautiful open spaces and rural character in our Village that provide respite during challenging times.
We wanted to reach out and let you know how CHLP is adapting our education programs to the new normal. First, our Spring Speaker and Social, scheduled for April 22nd, has been postponed to the Fall. The discussion topic for this year is How Mountain Forest Fires Affect the Front Range, and we look forward to a great conversation with three expert panelists.
Second, our Kids in the Creek summer programs will be designed for small group sizes and with appropriate social distancing. In the event we cannot gather in small groups, we will adapt to live-streamed and pre-recorded presentations from our experts and most popular trail walk partners.
- Our Education programs will cover a range of topics in a learn-and-explore format. We will be highlighting bees, wolves, snakes, creek habitats, birds, gardening, and stargazing. Look for further updates in our newsletters and website.
- We are updating our popular CHLP Field Guide with activities and information in a downloadable format. The Field Guide includes fun family activities, wildlife identification, and a list of all 26 miles of trails in the Village.
- We are planning some Trail Clean Up days to promote volunteer stewardship and make sure we keep nature pristine and beautiful for everyone.
- The 4th annual Trail Walk will be on September 20th and in a modified format so kids of all ages can enjoy the Rady Barn, and with luck, the Ol’ Blue pizza truck from Mountain Crust Pizza, while learning about Colorado wildlife and conservation strategies. Volunteers and ideas are welcome!
Finally, our 10th Anniversary Barn Party will be on September 19th. While we are hopeful that we will be able to gather as a community to celebrate and support the cause of protecting and supporting open space, we are making contingency plans for a virtual or hybrid event. We will keep you posted.
While the coronavirus has reset how we interact and live, our parks and open spaces are getting more use than ever. Please consider a donation to CHLP to support our work of bringing attention and resources to preserve and enhance open space close to home.
Let’s protect the nature we love. Stay well.
Cherry Hills Land Preserve – May, 2020